September: Hurricane winds hit

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(1) For those who thought a hurricane could never hit Switzerland County – September proved them wrong as the winds of Hurricane Ike made their way all the way to the Midwest, causing millions of dollars of damage and leaving much of Switzerland County without power for several days.

The storm damage caused fire companies to serve as rest stations and food distribution points for those without power.

(2) Vevay Newspapers unveiled an original sculpture by local artist Tony Catanzaro that will be displayed in front of the newspaper office on Market Street.

The sculpture, which features a turn of the century newspaper boy selling papers on Christmas morning, was made from recycled materials and is the first commissioned piece that the artist has done.

(3) The Switzerland County Commissioners officially created two new sewer districts in the county.

The districts which will cover Bennington and Moorefield, are unique in that they may have been the first formed under new state laws that keep the districts are part of county government, not as separate entities, as the districts in Florence and East Enterprise are.

(4) The town of Patriot again held an observance of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

The candlelight observance began with a walk from the Patriot firehouse to the Patriot Memorial Park, where Mike Jones spoke to the crowd and new flags were raised on the park’s flag poles.

(5) The budget for the Switzerland County School Corporation for 2009 will be “substantially tighter”, according to superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jones.

“We worked really hard to make the cuts necessary to keep our budget in line without hurting the education of the children,” Dr. Jones said.

(6) The unpredictable nature of the weather was reeking havoc on county farmers.

First there was too much rain when farmers were trying to get into their fields and plant; and then through key growing months there wasn’t enough rain to help produce a big yield.

(7) The windstorm that struck Switzerland County caused the schools to be closed because of the power outage; and it also caused the Indiana Department of Education to make a ruling.

Because the closings came during the week of ISTEP testing, the state ruled that Switzerland County students and others who were out of school because of the storm could reschedule their testing days.

(8) County officials from all around the state came to Switzerland County for the Association of Indiana Counties state convention.

The convention was held at Belterra Casino Resort and Spa, but everyone came to downtown Vevay for a night of food and fun coordinated by the Switzerland County Visitors Center.

(9) The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity golf team closed its season with an eighth place finish at the Sectional held at Bedford North Lawrence.

It was the highest finish for a Switzerland County team in girls golf history.

(10) A collection of stolen art valued at nearly $500,000 was recovered here in Switzerland County.

Michael Aschenbrenner came all the way from California to personally catalogue and return his artwork to his studio.